Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), the vice gubernatorial candidate of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. in the May 9 elections, yesterday laughed off speculations that he had a hand in the relief of some police chiefs in the 1st district of Negros Occidental.
The 1st district of Negros Occidental is considered a political bailiwick of incumbent Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson, who is seeking re-election. He had served as mayor of San Carlos City for nine years.
“I am not the PNP chief. It is not the agenda of the committee chair on Public Order and Safety. I don't have any influence,” Ferrer said.
“If there is a problem, then, we can investigate, in aid of legislation,” he also said.
The cities of Escalante and San Carlos, as well as Toboso in the first district of Negros Occidental, have new police chiefs.
Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto is now the officer-in-charge of the Escalante City Police Station. He replaced Supt. Leo Batiles, who is now attending a career advancement course.
Mansueto was replaced as Toboso police chief by Police Inspector Joevito Bose.
Supt. Victorino Romanillos was also replaced as San Carlos City police chief by Supt. Jacob Crisostomo, Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, NOPPO officer-in-charge, confirmed yesterday.
The relief of Batiles was requested by acting Escalante City Mayor Santiago Maravillas.
Last month, Supt. Thomas Joseph Martir re-assumed his old position as officer-in-charge of the Talisay City Police Station. His predecessor, Supt. Willy Diel, is now assigned as NOPPO Police Community Relations chief.
Ferrer said police chiefs who have already been overstaying in their posts, have to be reshuffled.
Some of them may have been staying in their posts for more than two years, he added.*GPB
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